Indigenous Master of Social Work (IMSW)

The IMSW is a collaborative Master's degree, delivered by Yellowhead Tribal College and Maskwacis Cultural College, to prepare graduates for advanced professional practice in social work.

Program Details

The IMSW is a one-year Master's program that prepares graduates for advanced professional practice in social work. Students are provided with an in-depth and broad approach to their courses, learning experiences, and scholarship. 

Students will gain social work experience through an Indigenous social work approach, premised on the complementary nature of natural principles and ontological responsibilities of Indigenous cultures and societies. The IMSW prepares students to design and conduct their practice with individuals, families, and groups in a range of settings that are supported by community-based knowledge and practices. 

An IMSW education prepares students for leadership roles in various human service organizations and communities. Study includes community leadership through practice, research, and policy.   

Mode of Delivery

The delivery model is online delivery via distance education. 

Host Institution

In its first year of delivery (2022-23), the collaborative IMSW will be hosted by Maskwacis Cultural College (MCC). In subsequent years, the program will alternate between YTC and MCC as host institution. 


The IMSW invites applications from prospective students who hold a BSW or IBSW degree. 

The IMSW does not use the standard YTC or MCC application; applicants should download this application package and follow the instructions included with it.

All inquiries can be directed to Wilda Listener, Dean of Indigenous Social Work Programs, Maskwacis Cultural College by email at or by phone: 1-780-585-3925.

Program Admission Deadlines

Application packages will be available soon: TBD

Courses offered in the Indigenous Master of Social Work program: